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Distress versus eustress
Distress is the most commonly-referred to type of stress, having negative implications, whereas eustress is a positive, desirable form of stress. Both can be equally taxing on the body, and are cumulative in nature.
The prefix derives from the Greek eu meaning either "well" or "good". When attached to the word "stress", it literally means "good stress". In both the word "eustress" and its antonym "distress", the prefixes dis- and eu- refer to the stressor, and not the impact of the stressor.
Examples of causes of eustress
- Meeting a challenge
- Coming in first or winning
- Getting a promotion
- Birth of a baby
- The holidays
- Buying a new home
- Going on a roller coaster ride